The True Meaning

Today is Christmas! As if you didn't already know :)

I have been able to do a great thing...Talk to my brother who is on a mission! It really puts it into perspective. He is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that is the whole reason that Christmas exists. I love him and I am so proud of him and the work that he is doing for the Lord. It is remarkable to hear his voice after 7 months of not hearing it. I love this season and I love my brother, and most of all, I love my savior, Jesus Christ. He is the reason for the season. I love that phrase. It is the true meaning. Jesus Christ being born is the true meaning of Christmas.
I hope your holidays are fun, exciting, and spiritual. I know that my redeemer lives. He died for my sins and that is how we can repent. For more information, go to mormon.org.

Christmas!

Well. It's Christmas Eve. LOVE! I am so excited for Christmas. But... I never want it to come. Just the suspense is fun!
Here's some ways to get in the Christmas spirit if you just don't feel like it's the season to remember Christ and his birth.

One way for me to get in the Christmas spirit is to go see the lights at Temple Square. I went yesterday with my family and it was so fun! I love looking at the beauty that comes from the temple and from the lights. It makes one truly wonderful night!
(Oh and a little kid we saw looked up at the Moroni blowing the trumpet on the temple and said, "Hey, there's a man up there!" We all looked at each other and started cracking up :)

Another way to get in the spirit is caroling. It is so much fun to just get some friends together and start caroling to those that you love. Some people that you could carol to are: young women/young men leaders, the elderly, family friends, and so many more!

Also, my family watches It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas or Christmas Eve, because it talks about loving your life and not ever giving it up. 

Lastly, you could also watch the movie about Christ's birth and read the story in Luke. That is the ultimate reason for Christmas. Don't X Christ out of Christmas. I hope your Christmas season is one that is unforgettable and fun for all your family!

25 Ways to Tie a Scarf!

Well I was surfing on the web (as always) and I came across this video. It is so cool because it shows how to tie a scarf a bunch of ways.

Here it goes:

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies!

New recipe! It's been so long, so here it goes!!

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies


You will need:
Sugar cookies
Candy Corn
White Frosting (in a piping bag)
Chocolate Frosting (in a piping bag)
Chocolate Chips (I used mint)

1. Bake some normal sugar cookies. Let them cool.

2. Draw a line with the frosting around 1/3 to half of the cookie. Put the candy corn on it.
3. Add the eyes and pipe the face and toes
4. Enjoy! Eat with pleasure :)
A fun way to get rid of left over candy corn!

New Favorite Blog. YES!

Well apparently I have a lot of new favorites! This one is Color Me Katie.

It is such a fun blog! I love the pictures and fun ideas. I want to do so many!

Go check it out.

I dare you.

My New Favorite Artists.

Well, life is good. We were marching for three miles on Wednesday to get ready for the Rose Parade. It is like seven miles long! Yeah. Dang. But, I can do it.

Anyway. My new favorite artists! Their names are Megan and Liz. Here's a link to their youtube channel.

I love their songs and their videos. I think my favorite song is their cover of How To Love. It is so great. Anyway. Check it out! It rocks.


I'm Alive!

Don't worry! I am alive and doing well :)
I just took a break during marching band season from the blog because it was a bit much with school and marching band. But now, I'm back on track! Where did we leave off?

I hope to get this show back on the road so we can have some fun and learn some new things! Now who's with me?

Simple Joys

Well, today I went to the dentist. Oh how nice! It had been over a year since I had my teeth cleaned. By professionals. How special! The doctor said that they have to pull one of my baby teeth. And that I need braces. Well, the cleaning was nice. The notification of needing a tooth pulled and     Braces    is kind of, well, not pleasing. 
:)

That's all for now. Limeade recipe is coming soon!

Candy Clay and Cookies!

To be honest, I made these cookies about a week ago. I just haven't posted about it yet. ha ha

Anyway, I am about to show you something absolutely AMAZING! Candy clay is like, well, clay, but in candy form. Well that was descriptive :)

Here's the recipe!


Ingredients:

Makes:

1 pound.

Instructions:

Step 1

Melt the candy melts following package directions.

Step 2

Add corn syrup and stir to blend. It will look weird and separated at first, but that is totally normal. Just keep on stirrin'.

Step 3

Put mixture on the waxed paper and let set at room temperature to dry.

Step 4

Wrap well and store at room temperature until needed.
Candy clay handles best if hardened overnight.

Step 5

To Use
Candy clay will be very hard at the start; knead a small portion at a time until workable. If candy clay gets too soft, set aside at room temperature or refrigerate briefly. When rolling out candy clay, sprinkle work surface with cornstarch to prevent sticking.


To Store
Prepared candy clay will last for several weeks at room temperature in an airtight container.

I made some cookies with some candy clay on it for one of my YW leaders. They had had surgery the week before and so we visited her to try and get her in happy spirits. Here are some pictures!




I hope you like this recipe! It is so much fun to make shapes with the clay. :)

Boating. Best. Pastime. Ever.

The past week I've been boating twice. I realized that I have been missing a big chunk of normal summer lovin'! You know how you start slow and get cocky? Well, that pretty much explains me. :) Anyway, we were cruisin' and eventually flew off! Me 'n' Megan were about 10 up above the tube. Upside down. I landed head-first on the tube, and Megan landed flat on her back. Yep, no real injuries, but a little shaken up! It was exhilarating, but I guess they were really scared that we were actually going to get hurt if they went that crazy again...Too bad.


























It's kind of crazy knowing that summer's coming to an end. Looking back on the two months that I've had off it seems that I haven't done much, but I have! Marching band, for one, doesn't take up much time, but it feels like I have such a commitment to it. I've gone to the pool, the lake, and spent time with friends.
What more do you need?

Life is BORING When You're Sick

The title says it all. Life is hard, boring, pretty much worthless, and lame when you're sick. That is how I felt for the past 2 days. It all started with an exciting boating trip with one of my friends for her birthday. We were on tubes that held 4 people and we were plain crazy. (I flipped off twice and we tipped the tube once) Anyway, during the whole 7 hours of boating and having fun, I didn't drink ANY water. Yep, silly 'ole me. No water. I wasn't thirsty, was my excuse, but the story is just beginning.

We visited the This is the Place monument in SLC and I was exhausted from boating the day before. I had an upset stomach too. It turns out that I was suffering from heat exhaustion. It is where you don't stay hydrated when you are in the sun for long periods of time. I eventually threw up in one of the bathrooms at the park. We came home, and I was on the couch for two days watching T.V. Boring, I know.

Well, I hope to make something as soon as I am back to normal. :)

Sacred Sunday: {GIRLS CAMP} 2011

Well, let me summarize the week for you. If I give you the week full-on, it will take FOREVER.
HERE WE GO!


hair braids
bracelets

duct tape RUFFLE SKIRTS

hikes
rock monuments

Snow Patches

RAIN RAIN RAIN

Flooding tents

high dives

showers

testimony meeting

mud

rain

ice cream

port-a-potties

rain

flat-out FUN


That has been my past week. While some times were, let's just say difficult, it was worth it. I love the young women in my ward. They are the best :)

Sacred Sunday: Personal Progress & Special Cookies (& Blogs)

I have been surfing the blog world ever since I joined (and even before) and follow lots of food and baking blogs. They, I feel, are the most fun to follow since they tell you how to make something really yummy! Who wouldn't want to know how to do that?

While I am on the subject, I'll bring up my new favorite baking blog....i am baker. I was just searching the inter-webs and found this one! It has wonderful recipes and tutorials. I was extra excited for this. I was desperately trying to find an excuse to make these today. I really was.

Another baking blog that I like is Bake at 350. It has lots of cool cookies. You should hit it up for some awesome holiday cookie decorating ideas. I wanted to make some firework cookies today...

Now for the more spiritual side of things, today the Young Women's lesson was on our associations with others. It was very interesting to hear different experiences of leaders who moved into new wards and never put themselves out there (made the first move to get to know people) and such and how their perspective changed. I saw how when we moved into our new ward about 6 months ago, people didn't automatically start talking to us. But when they realized that we were here to stay (and we didn't bite) we got to have good friends in the ward.

After Young Women's today, I passed off Faith #1, Choice and Accountability #2, and Divine Nature #7 to my leader. It was fun to pass them off. I am closer to getting my medallion!

Well, I may or may not make cookies. Since it is fast Sunday, I am waiting to make anything for tomorrow's 4th of July party since I HAVE to try them out. :)

Have a happy 4th!

Create Saturday: Peanut Butter Balls!


 I made these in preparation for the 4th of July to see if I liked the recipe. I love it! It tastes yummy!

 

Ingredients

  • 18 ounces peanut butter
  • 1 (16-ounce) box confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate, melted

Directions

In a large bowl combine peanut butter, sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and butter
Mash together until completely combined
Form the mixture into balls.


Put in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden.
Dip the peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate and set inside mini paper cupcake forms. Let the chocolate set before serving.

mmmm. This recipe's a keeper :)

Flan!

We have been having family over like maniacs for the past weeks because of my brother's Priest Ordination. On Wednesday, I got to have some bonding time with my aunt on my mom's side. She is super nice and knows how to cook authentic Mexican food. We have been searching for some good Mexican recipes lately. 

On Wednesday, we went to the Macey's at about 11:30 to purchase all the ingredients needing the the food we were making. I didn't even realize that we were making so much food.

We started off with Flan, then moved to some Peanut Butter Truffles, and finished it with some Fish Tacos, yummy Spanish Rice, and Guacamole. 

Anyway, lets start with some Flan today.


Flan

adapted from Food Network

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 large eggs
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 pint half and half 
  • 1 pint cream

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. 

To make caramel: combine the sugar and the water in a medium saucepan. Be sure all the sugar granules are washed down from the sides of the pan.
Cook over moderate heat, swirling the pan occasionally, until the color is golden brown and the mixture smells like caramel. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
Pour the caramel into 8-10 ramekins and, holding the pan with an oven glove, swirl it around to generously coat the bottom and sides. It is okay if it is kind of lumpy. The carmel will melt once in the oven. Set aside.






In a large mixing bowl, gently whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, and the 1 pint of half and half, without whisking in any air.

Bring the 1 pint cream to a simmer in a small saucepan and begin whisking this into the egg mixture a little at a time, whisking constantly until it is all incorporated.

Pour through a strainer into the prepared ramekins.

Place the pan inside a large roasting pan and pour very hot tap water into the pan so that it comes halfway up the sides of the pan.

Bake for about 1 to 1 1/4 hours, or until the center is slightly jiggly but not wavy. Cool to room temperature and then cover with plastic wrap with the plastic gently touching the top of the flan. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 4 days.


To unmold the custard, run a small sharp knife around the inside edges of the dish several times to loosen it. Dip the bottom briefly in a basin of very hot tap water. Invert a round platter over the dish and turn them both over together, shaking the two a little to help release the custard (or rap the bottom of the platter gently on the work surface). The caramel sauce will run out around the edges of the platter.










EAT!